Gustav Klimt und das ewig Weibliche
Klimt and the Women: Captivating representation of a scandalous, but artistically fruitful relationship
Gustav Klimt (1862–1918), one of the most important artistic personalities of his era and a celebrated and controversial pioneer of Viennese Modernism around 1900, put the representation of the feminine at the center of his work like no other painter. Women inspired him to create bold images that are among the highlights of Art Nouveau art. Klimt conjured up a new image of women that breathed the spirit of the fin de siècle and marked the dawn of the 20th century. He created mythical heroines, elegant portraits of women from fine Viennese society and erotic drawings based on young nude models full of sensuality and ecstasy. Klimt's eternal obsession resulted in numerous scandal-ridden women’s stories, which the book tells.